The Supreme Glories of chanting the Nityananda & Gauranga Mantra Raja

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 16:27:11
Title: The Supreme Glories of chanting the Nityananda & Gauranga Mantra Raja
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-02-23 18:43:39

The Supreme Glories of chanting the Nityananda & Gauranga Mantra Raja -- By Swami Gaurangapada

The glories of regular chanting the Gauranga Mantra and Nityananda Mantra on
japa beads and kirtana alongwith the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, all three of
which are eternally effulgent in the spiritual sky, is described in this
message with extensive scriptural references summarizing all the previous
messages on this topic. I humbly beg with a straw in my mouth falling at the
feet of all the Vaishnavas to kindly read this full message very carefully
and think and meditate deeply before coming to a hasty conclusion on this
matter which is the secret of all secrets as per Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya
and which the souls bewildered by Maya never think about. By coming to a
hasty conclusion on this matter, one will only elude oneself and others from
the golden opportunity of regularly chanting the Nityananda Mantra and the
Gauranga (Gaura-Gopala) Mantra alongwith the Maha-mantra which facilitates
rapid success in the achievement of Krishna-prema because the offenses are
instantly obliterated as per the verdict of all the revealed scriptures and
acharyas posted in the points below:

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Shrila Prabhupada

(Cc Adi 8.31 purp)"A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or
enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the
chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the
desired result. One should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and
worship Them without false prestige. In the beginning one should *** very
regularly *** chant Shri Gaurasundara's holy name and then chant the holy
name of Lord Nityananda. Thus one's heart will be cleansed of impure desires
for material enjoyment. Then one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship
Lord Krishna."

"Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from
Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore *ONE WHO
CHANTS THE MANTRA "GAURANGA" and ONE WHO CHANTS THE NAMES OF RADHA AND KRSNA
ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL." (Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport)

Prabhupada: "Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference.
Nitai-Gauranga is also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant."
(Shrila Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student regarding Japa)

"By his (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's) strong
desire, the holy name of Gauranga will first spread throughout all the
countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and villages
on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams, everyone will
chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra." (on Jaladuta, September 13, 1965)

Cc Madhya 24.330: "The spiritual master has to select a mantra for his
disciple according to the disciple's ability to chant different mantras."

"The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the
nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service
is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to
inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such
transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can
bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men."
(SB 1.5.16 purport)
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Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

"The Hare Krishna maha-mantra considers the offenses whereas the names
of Gauranga-Nityananda don't consider offenses. An offensive chanter will
never achieve the fruit of chanting (pure love for Krishna) by chanting the
Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Therefore till the time he is commiting offenses, he
should chant the names of Gauranga-Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of
the names of Gauranga-Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will
achieve the fruit of chanting."

"The name of Krishna and Gauranga-Both are non-different than the named
Lord. Those who think that Krishna is any way inferior or limited than
Gauranga are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations with
respect to benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the chanting of Shri
Gauranga-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. The
mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls
who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord
Gauranga-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders and full
of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of
Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda's names and Their worship quickly delivers
the soul from all the offenses and thus the soul achieves shelter at the
lotus feet of Lord Gaura-Krishna without any delay." (Purport to Cc Adi 8.31)

"Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, the sinful
inclinations in the hearts of all the living entities in the universe are
permanently destroyed and their inherent purity is automatically awakened.
On chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, even the merchants,
degraded, fallen and foolish people are purified and immediately become
realized in the Absolute Truth and devotees of the Lord."
(Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-Khanda 3.134)

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

kali jivera aparadha asankhya durvara;gauranga-nam vina tara nahika uddhara.
Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya Chp 1

The offenses and sins of the living entities in Kali-yuga are unlimited and
absolutely insurmountable. That is why the souls can never never be
delivered without the regular chanting the most merciful name of 'Gauranga'.

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Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara, nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara
(Cc Adi 8.31)

"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord
Gauranga and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Since
in the chanting of the names of Nityananda-Gauranga there is no
consideration of offenses, one will very quickly come to the stage of love
of God, simply by chanting Their names and tears of pure love for Krishna
will flow from the eyes."

`nityananda' balite haya krishna-premodaya;aulaya sakala anga,asru-ganga vaya.
(Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23)

"Simply by chanting the name 'Nityananda' one awakens his love for Krishna.
Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy of love of God, and tears
flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges."

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Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura

grhe ba vanete thake, 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake, narottama mage tara sanga.

"One may reside in the house or in the forest, but if he is constantly
chanting `Gauranga!', then I (Narottama) want his association."

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Shrila Narada Muni

instructs King Suvarna Sena:

gauranga-nama na laiya, yei krishna bhaje giya; sei krishna bahu kale paya.
gauranga-nama laya jei, sadya krishna paya sei; aparadha nahi rahe taya.

"If someone endeavours to worship Krishna without regularly chanting the name
of Lord Gauranga, then he or she will achieve Krishna only after a very
prolonged period of time. But if someone takes shelter of the names of Lord
Gauranga, he or she will achieve Krishna very soon because his offenses will
immediately cease to exist." (shelter of the names of Lord Gauranga and Lord
Nityananda means to chant Them atleast a few thousand times daily)

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Lord Nityananda

bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga laha gaurangera nama re;
ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.

"Worship Gauranga, chant the 'Gauranga' mantra and take the name of
'Gauranga'. Those who will worship Gauranga in this way by constantly
chanting His name are veritably My life and soul"

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Lord Gauranga

prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama; sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.
Chaitanya-bhagavata Antya 4.126

"My Name will be chanted, broadcasted and glorified in all various towns,
villages, cities, countries and continents of the world."
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(1) SHIVANANDA SENA

The Gauranga (Gaura Gopala) Mantra is the most worshipable ista-mantra of
Shrila Shivananda Sena who chanted the mantra constantly as per Cc given
below:

The four-syllable Gauranga-mantra or the Gaura-gopala mantra is described as
follows in Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila 2.24,31:

apane bolana more, iha yadi jani;
amara ista-mantra jani' kahena apani.

`gaura-gopala mantra' tomara cari aksara;
avisvasa chada, yei kariyacha antara"

Nakula Brahmacari told Sivananda Sena, "You are chanting the Gaura-gopala
mantra, composed of four syllables (which is your ista-mantra i.e.
worshippable mantra). Now please give up the doubts that have resided within
you."

Purport by Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta SwPrabhupada:

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains the Gaura-gopala mantra in his
Amrta-pravaha-bhasya. Worshipers of Shri Gaurasundara accept the four
syllables 'gau-ra-an-ga' as the Gaura mantra, but pure worshipers of Radha
and Krishna accept the four syllables ra-dha krs-na as the Gaura-gopala
mantra. However, Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent
from Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore one
who chants the mantra "gauranga" and one who chants the names of Radha and
Krishna are on the same level.

Purport by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya:

gaura-gopala-mantra-gauravadi gana `gauranga'-name
chatura-aksara gaura-mantra ke uddesya karena; kevala
krishnavadi gana ei `gaura-gopala-mantra' sabde radha-krsnera
chatura-aksara-mantrake uddesya karena.

"The following is the explanation of the Gaura-gopala mantra. The followers
of Lord Gaura accept `Gauranga' as the four-syllable mantra and the
followers of only Krishna accept `Radha-Krishna' as the Gaura-gopala mantra. The
followers of both Lord Gaura and Lord Krishna accept either one of them as the
Gaura-gopala mantra understanding that They are non-different from each
other."

Purport by Tridandi Bhikshu Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami:

So it is very clear that the most intimate devotees of the Lord like Shrila
Shivananda Sena were constantly chanting the four-syllable 'gau-ra-an-ga'
Mantra which is non-different than the four syllables of 'ra-dha-krs-na'.
Thus the constant chanting of the name or mantra of 'Gauranga' is authorized
in the revealed scriptures and implemented by the previous acharyas. The
great advantage is that the ultimate benefit of 'radha-krishna' or the Hare
Krishna maha-mantra can be realized by siddha and mukta souls whereas the
'Gauranga' mantra is the most prayojaniya (useful) for anartha-yukta, badha,
patita (fallen conditoned) souls according to Shrila Prabhupada's purport
and also the Anubhashya purport of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta to Cc Adi 8.31
which will follow in point (20). Just like the Hare Krishna Mantra is known
as Harinama as well as the Maha-mantra similarly the Gauranga Mantra is
known as Gauranama as well as the Gaura-Gopala-Mantra or the Gauranga
Mantra.
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(2) CHAITANYA MANGALA: LORD GAURANGA IS WORSHIPED IN GOLOKA BY ALL HIS
ASSOCIATES BY CHANTING THE GAURANGA MANTRA

The four-syllable Gauranga Mantra is chanted in Goloka Vrndavana by all the
eternal associates of the Lord in the direct worship of Lord Gauranga:

In Shri Chaitanya-mangala Sutra-khanda Verse 527 by Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura,
the four-syllable Gauranga-mantra is described as the mantra through which
Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu is worshipped in Goloka Vrndavana, the topmost
Vaikuntha planet in the spiritual world:

hema-gaura kalevara, mantra cari-aksara;
sahaja vaikuntha-natha syama.

"The Lord sits on a golden bejewelled throne. He posseses a complexion
millions of times more brilliant than the colour of molten gold. He is
worshipped by all His devotees with the four-syllable mantra, `Gauranga'."
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(3) DIRECT ORDER OF THE SUPREME LORD ADI-GURU SHRI NITYANANDA BALARAMA

Also it is the direct, open and primary instruction of the Guru of all
Gurus, Adi-Guru, Sakshat-Mula-Sankarshana, origin of the spiritual and
material worlds Lord Shri Nityananda Prabhu to all the moving and non-moving
living entities to take shelter of chanting the Gauranga Mantra as quoted by
Shrila Prabhupada himself::

bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga laha gaurangera nama re;
ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.

"Worship Gauranga, chant the 'Gauranga' mantra and take the name of
'Gauranga'. Those who will worship Gauranga in this way by constantly
chanting His name are veritably My life and soul"

(This verse is also quoted by Shrila Prabhupada in his lecture, Shri
Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.5, Mayapur, March 7, 1974)

"You can also chant the prayer you asked about. This was spoken by Lord
Nityananda while He was preaching in the town. He was addressing the people:
``My dear brothers, you simply worship Lord Chaitanya; talk of Lord Chaitanya;
speak Lord Chaitanya's Name, so anyone who does so, he is my life and soul."
(SP in Letter to: Mahapurusa, Los Angeles, 7 March, 1968)

Lord Nityananda was sent to preach the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in Bengal by
Lord Gauranga but He preached the Gauranga Mantra first because He knew that
only the name of Gauranga will impart the qualification to the offensive,
sinful souls of Kali-yuga to chant the Maha-mantra.

kasta nahi, vyaya nahi na pabe yatana; shrigauranga bali nace nahika bhavana.
(Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1)

Lord Nityananda instructs all the living entities:

"There is no trouble or loss nor will you suffer anymore, if you forget
yourself while dancing and chanting the name 'Gauranga'."

Shrila Thakura Bhaktivinoda in his song 'Boro Sukher Khabor Gai', from the
Vaishnava-siddhanta-mala:

ek-bar dekhle cakse jal, gaura bole nitai den sakala sambal.

When Lord Nityananda sees a tear welling in someone's eye upon chanting the
name of "Gauranga!" He instantly gives His eternal support and shelter to
that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences.
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(4) REPEATED RECOMMENDATION OF SHRILA NAROTTAMA DASA THAKURA

Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura has explicity glorified the chanting of the
Gauranga Mantra in his various songs:

je gaurangera nama loy, tara hoy premodoy, tare mui jai bolihari.

"One who chants the name of 'Gauranga' instantly awakens his or her dormant
pure love for the Lord. I (Narottama) worship such a person and surrender
to him."

grhe ba vanete thake, 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake, narottama mage tara sanga.

"One may reside in the house or in the forest, but if he is feelingly
chanting `Gauranga!', then I (Narottama) want his association."

gauranga balite habe pulaka sarira; hari hari balite nayane ba'be nira.

"In the beginning, when by chanting the name of 'Gauranga', my body will
feel waves of ecstasy, only then will I be able to shed tears while chanting
the names of Lord Hari."
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(5) THERE IS NO OTHER WAY IN KALI-YUGA EXCEPT THE 'GAURANGA' MANTRA:

Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1:

kali jivera aparadha asankhya durvara;
gauranga-nama vina tara nahika uddhara.

The offenses and sins of the living entities in Kali-yuga are unlimited and
absolutely insurmountable. That is why the souls can never be delivered
without the regular chanting the most merciful name of 'Gauranga'.

ataeva gaura vina kalite upaya; na dekhi kothaya ara sastra phukaraya.

"Therefore I see no other means except Lord Gauranga for everyone's
deliverance in Kali-yuga and this is the repeated declaration of all Vedic
scriptures."
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(6) PARVATI AND SHIVA CHANT 'GAURANGA' CONSTANTLY

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 8, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila
Jiva Goswami:

(A) gauri saha siva gauranga-nama; gaiya gaiya puraya kama.

"In Navadvipa, Lord Siva constantly is singing the name of Gauranga
alongwith his wife Gauri and thus fulfilling his innermost desires."

(B) gauranga bhajana sarala ati; sahaja tahara phala-vitati.

"Lord Gauranga's worship by the chanting of His name is very easy and simple
to do. And Lord Gauranga very easily and immediately rewards the worshipper
with the desired results or fruits of his or her worship."

(C) gauranga baliya krandana kare; gauranga darsana paya satvare.

"One who chants the name 'Gauranga' and cries in ecstasy will receive the
audience of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Gauranga very quickly."

Shri Ananta-samhita, Shri Chaitanya-janma-khanda, Part Two, Chapter Three, Text
54, Lord Siva tells Parvati:

dharayamy urdhva-vadane, devesi samhitam imam;
mantram ca gauracandrasya, namedam sarva-mangalam.

"O Parvati, the controller of all the demigods, I always recite with great
enthusiasm this Ananta-samhita alongwith Lord Gauranga's mantra which is
most auspicious in this world."
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(7) GAURANGA-NAMA IS THE THE ONLY WAY ACHIEVE KRISHNA

From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 7, the great sage Narada instructs
King Suvarna Sena:

gauranga-nama na laiya, yei krishna bhaje giya; sei krishna bahu kale paya.
gauranga-nama laya jei, sadya krishna paya sei; aparadha nahi rahe taya.

"If someone endeavours to worship Krishna without regularly chanting the name
of Lord Gauranga, then he or she will achieve Krishna only after a very
prolonged period of time. But if someone takes shelter of the names of Lord
Gauranga, he or she will achieve Krishna very soon because his offenses will
immediately cease to exist."
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(8) JAIVA DHARMA STATES THAT KRISHNA IS WORSHIPED BY CHANTING GAURANGA

Jaiva Dharma describes the process of worship of Lord Gauranga and Lord
Krishna through the chanting of the 'Gauranga' Mantra:

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma Chapter 14:

vrajanatha: shri gauranga yadi saksat paripurna-tattva hailena, tabe tanhara
pujara vyavastha ki?

Vrajanatha: Since Shri Gauranga is the the original complete Absolute Truth,
how should one worship Him?

babaji: gauranga-nama mantre gaurapuja karileo yaha haya, krishna-
nama-mantre krishna-puja karileo tahai haya. krishna-mantre gaurapuja va
gaura-mantre krishnapuja-sakalai eka. ihate je bheda- buddhi
kare, se nitanta anabhijna ou kalira dasa.

Babaji: As one worships Lord Krishna by chanting the name and mantra of Lord
Krishna, so one should worship Lord Gauran by chanting the name and mantra of
Gauranga. One may worship Lord Gaura by chanting Krishna-mantras, or for that
matter one may worship Lord Krishna by chanting Gaura-mantras. They are all
the same. Anyone who thinks Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura are different is a
fool. He is a servant of Kali-yuga.

vrajanatha: channavatarera mantra ki-rupe paoya jaya?

Vrajanatha: Where to obtain the mantras to worship Lord Gauranga who has
come as a covered incarnation?

babaji: je tantra prakasya-avataraganera mantra prakasarupe varnana
kariyachena, sei tantrei channavatarera mantra channarupe likhiya
rakhiyachena. yanhadera buddhi kutila naya, tahara bujhiya laite parena.

Babaji: The scriptures that openly give mantras for worshipping the openly
manifested incarnations of the Lord, secretly reveal the mantras for
worshipping the secret and hidden incarnation of Lord Gauranga. People whose
intelligence is not crooked can understand the presence of these mantras.
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(9) MILLIONS OF YEARS BY CHANTING KRISHNA-NAMA BUT FEW DAYS BY CHANTING
GAURANGA-NAMA.

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 10, the personified holy place

Pushkara instructs the brahmana in Navadvipa:

(A) **KOTI KOTI VARSE kari shri krishna bhajana;
tathapi namete rati na paya durjana.

"A sinful or offensive person will not acquire attraction for the Hare
Krishna maha-mantra or Lord Krishna's devotional service even if he chants
the maha-mantra and worships Lord Krishna **FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF
YEARS**.

(B) gauranga bhajile dusta bhava dure jaya;
**SVALPA DINE vrajadhama radha-krishna paya.

"But if he worships Gauranga and regularly chants the name of 'Gauranga',
then his sinful and crooked mentality will immediately leave him and **IN A
VERY FEW DAYS** he will achieve Lord Radha-Krishna in Vrajadhama.

(C) nija siddha-deha paya sakhira asraya;
nija-kunja shri yugala-seva tara haya.

"He or she will then instantly achieve his or her eternally perfect
spiritual body and thus the shelter of the sakhis or gopies in Vrndavana.
Then one will begin one's direct service to Shri Radha-Krishna in one's own
transcendental grove of Vrndavana in one's constitutional position. All this
is achieved simply by the chanting the name of Lord Gauranga."
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(10) IF EVEN A BIRD CHANTS 'GAURANGA'...

In the Chaitanya-bhagavata, the glories of Lord Gauranga's name is described
in Madhya-khanda 10.318:

paksi-matra yadi bale caitanyera nama; sei satya jaibeka caitanyera dhama.

"If even a bird chants the name of Lord Gauranga, it will most certainly
attain the transcendental eternal abode of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu."
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(11) CONGREGATIONAL CHANTING OF GAURANGA-NAMA

In the Navadvipa-bhava taranga by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, it is stated:

yatha deva-gana kore gaura-sankirtana;
kabhu dhama-vasi taha korena sravana. (56)

"Even the demigods continuously engage in Gauranga-sankirtana
(congregational chanting of the names of Lord Gauranga) in Navadvipa.
Sometimes the residents of the dhama participate and hear the sankirtana."

keho va bolibe gaurahari bolo bhai;
gaura-vina radha-krishna-seva nahi pai. (57)

"Please chant the name of Gauranga because without Lord Gauranga's mercy one
will never achieve service to Shri Radha-Krishna."
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(12) ALL THE TEN OFFENSES ARE DESTROYED BY TAKING SHELTER OF GAURANGA'S NAME

In the Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala stotram Verse 97, Shrila Bhaktivinoda
Thakura states:

namaparadham sakalam vinasya, chaitanya-namashrita-manavanam;
bhaktim param yah pradadau janebhyas, tam gauracandram pranamami bhaktya.

"With great devotion, I bow before Lord Gaurachandra, who for they who take
shelter of His most merciful name of Gauranga, immediately destroys all the
various kind of offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra,
and in this way awards the topmost transcendental devotional service to the
living entities."
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(13) ONLY THE SEED OF GAURANGA'S NAME WILL SPROUT IN THE DESERT OF OUR HEART

In Shri Chaitanya-chandramrita Verse 53 , Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati
states the paramount importance of the chanting name of Lord Gauranga:

ha hanta citta-bhuvi me paramosarayam,
sad-bhakti-kalpa-latikankurita katham syat;
hrdy ekam eva param asvasaniyam asti,
chaitanya-nama-kalayan na kadapi socyah.

Alas! Alas! How will the desire creeper of pure unalloyed devotional service
to Lord Krishna sprout in the supremely unfertile desert of my heart? In my
heart, there is only one supreme consolation and solace. That is chanting of
the name of Lord Gauranga. This chanting will eternally put an end to all my
lamentation and will work wonders in my heart softening it with love of God.
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(14) THE NAME 'NITYANANDA' IMMEDIATELY EVOKES TEARS AND ECSTASY OF PURE LOVE
FOR KRISHNA EVEN IN A SINFUL PERSON

Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23:
`nityananda' balite haya krishna-premodaya;aulaya sakala anga,asru-ganga vaya.

"Simply by chanting the name 'Nityananda' one awakens his love for Krishna.
Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy of love of God, and tears
flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges."
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(15) ANYONE WHO EVEN HEARS 'NITYANANDA' ONCE CERTAINLY ACHIEVES KRISHNA

Chaitanya-bhagavata, Adi-khanda 9.385:
nityananda-hena bhakta sunile sravane; avasya paibe krishnacandra sei jane.

Shripada Madhavendera Puri states:

"If one simply hears the name 'Nityananda', he will most certainly attain
the lotus feet of Lord Krishnacandra irrespective of any other
consideration."
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(16) GREAT ACHARYAS HAVE CONSTANTLY CHANTED THE NAME OF NITYANANDA

Cc Adi 11.33:
navadvipe purusottama pandita mahasaya, nityananda-name yanra mahonmada haya

Purusottama Pandita, a resident of Navadvipa, was the Krishna's eighth
gopala, Stoka-Krishna for Vrindavan. He would become almost mad as soon as he
chanted or heard the holy name 'Nityananda'.

Cc Adi 11.34
balarama dasa--krishna-prema-rasasvadi, nityananda-name haya parama unmadi

Balarama dasa always fully tasted the nectar of love of Krishna. Upon chanting
or hearing the name of 'Nityananda', he would become extremely maddened.

nityananda bali' yabe karena hunkara, taha dekhi' lokera haya maha-camatkara

"Minaketana Ramadasa, the great associate of Lord Nityananda who loudly call
ot the name of 'Nityananda' constantly and by hearing this the people around
him were filled with great wonder and astonishment."
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(17) BY CHANTING THE NAMES OF NITYANANDA & GAURANGA, SINFUL REACTIONS OF
UNLIMITED NO. OF LIVES ARE IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1, states:

gauranga-nityananda yei bale eka bara; ananta karama-dosa anta haya tara.

"The most fortunate person who chants the names Nityananda and Gauranga just
once immediately destroys the unlimited sinful reactions accumulated for
unlimited number of past lives."
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(18) THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS PURIFIED BY CHANTING THE NAME OF 'NITYANANDA'

Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-Khanda 3.134:

vanik adhama murkha ye karila para, brahmanda
pavitra haya nama laile yanra.

Translation:

"The entire universe is purified by chanting the name of Lord Nityananda as
it is only He who delivered the fallen, the foolish, and the merchants."

Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

nityanandera prabhura nama shravana karile jagatera sakala lokera
papa-pravrtti prashamita haiya pavitra tara udaya haya. vanik, adhama,
murkha - iharau pavitra haiya brahmajna u bhagavad-bhakta hana.

"Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, the sinful
inclinations in the hearts of all the living entities in the universe are
permanently destroyed and their inherent purity is automatically awakened.
On chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, even the merchants,
degraded, fallen and foolish people are purified and immediately become
realized in the Absolute Truth and devotees of the Lord."
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(19) BY CHANTING NITYANANDA & GAURANGA, KRISHNA-PREMA COMES SEARCHING AFTER
THAT PERSON. ONE ACHIEVES KRISHNA-PREMA EVEN WITH OFFENSES IN HIS HEART AND
THEN OFFENSES FLEE. WHAT A SUBLIME AND EASY WAY TO GET KRISHNA-PREMA!

nitai-chaitanya bali yei jiva dake; suvimala krishna-prema anvesaye thake.

"If one calls out the names of Nityananda and Gauranga, the purest
Krishna-prema (pure love of Krishna) comes searching after such a person."

aparadha badha tara kichu nahi kare; nirmala krishna-preme tara ankhi jhare.

"The offenses (which may be present) don't create any obstacles in path of
achieving this love and tears start flowing from his eyes in pure ecstatic
love."

svalpa kale aparadha apani palaya; hrdaya sodhita haya prema bade taya.

"In a very short, the offenses themselves flee and the heart becomes
completely purified and thus the love furthur increases.
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(20) IN THE CHANTING OF THE NAMES OF NITYANANDA & GAURANGA THERE ARE NO
OFFENSES. SIMPLY BY CHANTING LOVE COMES AND TEARS FLOW FROM OUR EYES.

Cc Adi 8.31
chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara, nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara

"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord
Gauranga and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Since
in the chanting of the names of Nityananda-Gauranga there is no
consideration of offenses, one will very quickly come to the stage of love
of God, simply by chanting Their names and tears of pure love for Krishna
will flow from the eyes."

PURPORT BY SHRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASVATI THAKURA PRABHUPADA:

"The Hare Krishna maha-mantra considers the offenses whereas the names
of Gauranga-Nityananda don't consider offenses. An offensive chanter will
never achieve the fruit of chanting (pure love for Krishna) by chanting the
Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Therefore till the time he is commiting offenses, he
should chant the names of Gauranga-Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of
the names of Gauranga-Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will
achieve the fruit of chanting."

"The name of Krishna and Gauranga-Both are non-different than the named
Lord. Those who think that Krishna is any way inferior or limited than Gaura
are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations with respect to
benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the chanting of Shri
Gauranga-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. the
mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls
who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord
Gauranga-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders and full
of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of
Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda's names and Their worship quickly delivers
the soul from all the offenses and thus the soul achieves shelter at the
lotus feet of Lord Gaura-Krishna without any delay."
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(21) LORD GAURANGA HIMSELF PREDICTED THAT THE CHANTING OF HIS NAME WILL
SPREAD ALL OVER THE WORLD

Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Himself predicted that His holy names will spread
all over the world in the Chaitanya-bhagavata (Antya 4.126):

prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama; sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.

"My Name will be broadcasted and glorified in all various towns, villages,
cities, countries and continents of the world."

These Names are Gauranga, Nityananda, Gaura, Gaurahari, Shri Krishna Chaitanya,
Nimai, Shachinandana or Nitai etc. alongwith the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and
the names of Lord Krishna.
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(22) WHY DO THE COMMON PEOPLE NOT GET KRISHNA-PREMA EVEN THOUGH THE GLORIES
OF KRSNA-NAMA-DHAMA ARE DESCRIBED IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES? THIS IS THE SECRET
OF ALL SECRETS WHICH THE BEWILDERED SOULS NEVER THINK ABOUT. HOW TO SOLVE
THIS PROBLEM?

(A)ara eka gudha katha suna sarva jana;kalijive yogya vastu gaura-lila-dhana

""Please hear a most confidential secret. The most suitable thing for the
conditioned souls in Kali-yuga in the treasure of Gauranga-lila."

(B) krishnanama krishnadhama mahatmya apara;sastrera dvaraya jane sakala samsara

"The unlimited glories of Krishna's Name (maha-mantra) and Krishna's Abode (Shri
Vrndavana) are known to the whole world through the revealed scriptures.

(C) tabu krishna-prema sadharane nahi paya;
ihara karana kiba cintaha hiyaya.

"Even then pure love for Krishna is not attained by the common man. Please
meditate on the reason for this fact."

(D) ihate achaye ta eka gudha-tattva sara;
maya-mugdha jiva taha na kare vicara.

"The reason for this is the secret of all secrets. The souls bewildered by
illusion (maya) do not think about this reason."

(E) bahu janma krishna bhaji prema nahi haya;
aparadha punja tara achaye niscaya.

"Even after worshipping Krishna for many lives, one may not achieve pure love
for Krishna. The reason is that there is a great mountain of offenses is one's
heart, without a doubt."

(F) aparadha sunya haya laya krishna-nama;
tabe jiva krishna premalabhe avirama.

"When a living entity chants the maha-mantra without any offenses, he
achieves incessant pure love for Krishna.

(G) shri chaitanya avatara bada vilaksana;
aparadha-sattve jiva labhe prema-dhana.

"The incarnation of Lord Shri Gauranga is very powerful and munificent. By
His mercy, a living entity can get pure love of Krishna even if he is not free
from the offenses."

(H) nitai-chaitanya bali yei jiva dake;
suvimala krishna-prema anvesaye take.

"If one simply calls out the names of Nityananda and Gauranga, Krishna-prema
(pure love of Krishna) comes searching after such a person."

(I) aparadha badha tara kichu nahi kare;
nirmala krishna-preme tara ankhi jhare.

"The offenses (which may be present) don't create any obstacles in path of
achieving this love and tears start flowing from his eyes in pure ecstatic
love."

(J) svalpa kale aparadha apani palaya;
hrdaya sodhita haya prema bade taya.

"In a very short, the offenses themselves flee and the heart becomes
completely purified and thus the love furthur increases.
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(23) THE STRONGEST MEDICINE OF GAURANGA-NAMA FOR THE STRONGEST DISEASE OF
THE KALI-YUGA MENTALITY

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 2, states:

(A) aibe kali ghora haila roga haila bhari;
kathina ausadha vina nivarite nari.

Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu states, "Due to the advent of the most horrible
Kali-yuga, the material disease has become chronic and very hard to cure. In
such a case only the most powerful medicine will help the patient.

(B) atisaya gopane rakhinu yei dhama;
atisaya gopane rakhinu yei nama.

(C) atisaya gopane rakhinu jei rupa;
prakasa na karile jiva taribe ki rupa.

"The most merciful Names (Gauranga, Nityananda etc.) Abode (Navadvipa), and
Form (golden forms of Gauranga & Nityananda), which I had kept most
confidential and hidden for all these ages, have to be manifested otherwise
the living entities cannot be delivered in this age of Kali.

(D) jiva ta amara dasa ami tara prabhu;
ami na tarile sei na tarile kabhu.

"All the souls are My infinitesimal parts and servants and I am their real
master. So if I don't deliver them, they will never be delivered."

(E) ei bali shri chaitanya haile prakasa;
nija nama, nija-dhama, laye nija-dasa.

Thinking like this, Lord Gauranga appeared alongwith His own Names, Abode
and eternal Associates. How will then the living entities ever be delivered
without taking shelter of These most merciful Names, Abode, Pastimes etc.
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(24) SURABHI AND MARKANDEYA CONTINUOUSLY CHANT GAURANGA'S NAME WHICH UPROOTS
ALL THE KARMIC REACTIONS FROM THE ROOTS

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 8, the Surabhi cow instructs
Markandeya Muni:

(A) surabhi kahila siddhanta-sara; shri gaura-bhajane nahi vicara.

The Surabhi tells Markandeya Rsi, the essence of all secrets, "There is no
considerations or rules of any kind in the worship of Lord Gauranga.

(B) shri gaura bali dakibe jabe; samasta karama vinasa habe.

"If you simply call out Gauranga's name, then all your previous sinful
reactions are destroyed.

(C) kichu nahi rabe vipaka ara; gucibe tomara bhava samsara.

"When no sinful reactions remain, then you will be liberated from the cycle
of birth and death.

(D) karme kene eika jnanera phala; ghucibe samule haye vikala.


"All the material reactions of previous frutive activities and specualtive
knowledge will be destroyed at the root and you will become ecstatic in pure
love for Lord Gauranga simply by chanting the name of Gauranga.

(E) tumi ta majibe gauranga-rase; bhajibe tahara ei dvipa vase.

"That is why you should chant Lord Gauranga's name and dive deep into the
mellows of pure love for Lord Gauranga while residing in this island of
Godruma in Navadvipa."
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(25) SAPTA-RISHIS ACHIEVE GAURANGA QUICKLY BY ONE-POINTED GAURANGA-JAPA

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 9, the seven sages, the sons of Brahma
achieved Lord Gauranga in the following way:

(A) aprakrta dhama, gaurahari nama; kevala sadhura asa.

The only means of sadhana or worship is to take shelter of the
transcendental Navadvipa and the names of Lord Gauranga. This is the only
aspiration for the devotees.

(B) kichu nahi khaya, nidra nahi jaya; gaura nama kare japa.

The sapta-rsis (seven sages) who wanted to achieve Krishna-prema went to
Navadvipa on the instructions of their father Lord Brahma and became
indifferent to all material things. The constantly chanted japa of Lord
Gauranga's Name without sleeping in the night.

(C) madhyana samaya, gaura dayamaya; dekha dila rsi gane.

In the afternoon, the most merciful Lord Gauranga appeared in front of the
sages and fulfilled all their desires.
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(26) Shrila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura in Shri Ksanada-gita-cintamani:

patita durgata yata kali-hata yara, nitai chaitanya bali nace gaya tara

"The fallen, misguided and unfortunate souls devastated by Kali-yuga will
dance in ectsasy when they chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga since
this is the only way for their deliverance."
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(27) From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Chp
6, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila Jiva Goswami:

(1) vraja-tattva navadvipa-tattve dekhe bheda;
krishna aparadhi labhe nirvana abheda.

"Just see the difference between Vraja-tattva (Vrndavana) and
Navadvipa-tattva. In Vrndavana, the offenders to Lord Krishna (like the
demons) attain oneness with the Lord (sayujya) by merging into the brahman
effulgence of the Lord. (The same Kamsa who got liberation by being killed
by Krishna's hands in Mathura in krishna-lila, got pure love of God from Lord
Gauranga in Gaura-lila in Navadvipa, without having to die.)

(2) hetha aparadhi paya prema-tattva dhana;
ataeva ei gaura-lila sarvopari dhana.

"In Navadvipa however, the offenders achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga.
That is why the pastimes of Lord Gauranga is the topmost treasure in this
universe (even more merciful than Krishna-lila.)

(3) gaura-dhama, gaura-nama, gaura rupa-guna;
aparadha nahi mane tarite nipuna.

"Lord Gauranga's transcendental Abode, Name, Form and Pastimes are most
expert in delivering one and all because They do not consider any offenses."

(4) yadi aparadha thake sadhakera mane;
krishna-name, krishna-dhame tare bahu dine.

"If offenses or unwanted things are present in the heart of the spiritual
aspirants, then the regular chanting of Lord Krishna's Names (maha-mantra) and
direct residence Krishna's Abode (Vrndavana) etc. will deliver him only after
a very prolonged period of time."
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CB Madhya 4.75
jagate durlabha bada visvambhara-nama .
sei prabhu chaitanya-sabara dhanaprana ..75..

CB Antya 1.71-72:
sakala bhuvana ebe gaya gauracandra.
tathapiha sabe nahi gaya bhutavrnda..71..
shrikrishnachaitanya-name vimukha ye jana.
niscaya janiha sei papi bhutagana..72..

Those who are averse to chanting and preaching the glories of the Name of
Lord Gauranga and most certainly sinful and haunted by ghosts.

Shri Chaitanya-charita Mahakavya by Shrila Murari Gupta, Fourth Parikrama 28th
Sarga, Verse 20:

nityananda-prabhus tatra / vanijan tu grhe grhe
karoti krsa-chaitanya-nama-sankirttana mahat 20

Wandering from house to house amongst the merchants of that town, Nityananda
Prabhu performed a great sankirtana of the names of Shri Krishna Chaitanya.

shri-krsa-chaitanya-namna / paripurna jagat-trayam
krtva raraja gopalaih / sama nanda-vraje yatha 23 4.32.23

In company with those gopalas, Nityananda made the three worlds fully
satisfied through the chanting of Shri Krishna Chaitanya's names, just as it had
formerly been in the land of Vraja when Nanda ruled as king of the cowherds.

"The more the names of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Krishna were preached, the
merrier was Thakura Bhaktivinoda." (Vaishnava Song Book)

"The Chaitanya-bhagavata had predicted that the name of Lord Chaitanya would
one day be known in every town and village. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta had wanted
that." (SPL 6)

Cc Madhya 6.258
`shri-krishna-chaitanya saci-suta guna-dhama'
ei dhyana, ei japa, laya ei nama

The Bhattacarya always chanted the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, son of
mother Saci and reservoir of all good qualities. Indeed, chanting the holy
names became his meditation.

Cc Antya 11.55,56
`shri-krishna-chaitanya' sabda balena bara bara
prabhu-mukha-madhuri piye, netre jala-dhara

Haridasa began to chant the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya again and again.
As he drank the sweetness of the face of the Lord, tears constantly glided
down from his eyes.

`shri-krishna-chaitanya' sabda karite uccarana
namera sahita prana kaila utkramana

While chanting the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, he gave up his air of
life and left his body.(Haridasa Thakura is showing that the culmination of
chanting the maha-mantra is to lovingly chant the name of Gauranga.)

> Did Shrila Prabhupada ever recomend such a practice?

Yes surely. Shrila Prabhupada himself is chanting the 'Gauranga' mantra
presently in the eternal abode of Navadvipa in his spiritual body as an
associate of Lord Gauranga because it is stated in Chaitanya-mangala (quoted
above) that all the associates of Lord worship Him in Goloka by the chanting
of the four-syllable Gauranga Mantra. The dearmost desire of every acharya
is to spread the chanting of the 'Gauranga' mantra alongwith the maha-mantra
because it is Lord Nityananda's intense desire (sehai more prana re).

Shrila Prabhupada writes in Cc Madhya 24.330: "The spiritual master has to
select a mantra for his disciple according to the disciple's ability to
chant different mantras."

"Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from
Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore *ONE WHO
CHANTS THE MANTRA "GAURANGA" and ONE WHO CHANTS THE NAMES OF RADHA AND KRSNA
ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL." (Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport)

On board the ship Jaladuta, September 13, 1965, Verse 3, by Shrila
Prabhupada:

tara iccha balavan pascatyete than than
hoy jate gauranger nam
prthivite nagaradi asamudra nada nadi
sakalei loy krishna nam

Translation: "By his (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's)
strong desire, THE HOLY NAME OF GAURANGA will first spread throughout all
the countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and
villages on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams,
everyone will chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra."

"You mention that they have not even heard of Lord Gauranga. So that is
their misfortune, and our misfortune also. _________________ in India, they
could not preach Lord Gauranga's name all over India." (SP Letter to:
Niranjana, Brooklyn, 21 May, 1973)

Prabhupada: "Now, what is the difference, Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna?
Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference. Nitai-Gauranga is
also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant." (Shrila
Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student, March 14, 1975, Iran)

"In the beginning one should #### very regularly #### chant Shri
Gaurasundara's holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda.
Thus one's heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment.
Then one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna. Unless one is
favored by Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda, there is no need to go to
Vrndavana, for unless one's mind is purified, he cannot see Vrndavana, even
if he goes there." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)

"A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should
not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the
Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One
should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without
false prestige." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)

"It is the advice of Narottama das Thakura to chant the holy name of
Gauranga either if one remains at home or in the forest. Similarly, do not
forget the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra either you live in the temple
or at home." (SP Letter to: Sacimata, Bombay, 8 December, 1974)

"Then you become gosvami. Then, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, grhe va
banete thake ha gauranga bole dake. Ha gauranga, 'Always chanting
Nitai-Gaura, and thinking of Nitai-Gaura,' such person, Narottama dasa
Thakura says... Grhe va... 'He may be a sannyasi, or he may be a grhastha.
It doesn't matter. Because he is absorbed in the thought of Nitai-Gaura.' So
narottama mage tanra sanga: 'Narottama is always desiring to associate with
such person.' (SP Shrimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.2, Vrndavana, March 17, 1974)

"If you simply chant Nitai-Gaura and dance, then you'll become happy. There
is no difficulty. There is no difficulty." (SP Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita,
Madhya-lila 20.102, Baltimore, July 7, 1976)

"Narottama dasa Thakura is aspiring for the day when Nityananda Prabhu will
be pleased upon him. Just like Jagai-Madhai was delivered by the mercy of
Shri Nityananda Prabhu, so we have to pray Nityananda Prabhu. He's very
merciful. He's so kind, Baladeva, He gives spiritual strength. Then we can
approach the Supreme Lord. Therefore we chant "Nitai-Gaura." This is the
process. We cannot change this policy." (Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila
7.4, Mayapur, March 4, 1974)

"As soon as one will chant the name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, there will be
shivering. This is the first symptom that one is getting advanced in the
perfectional stage of Krishna consciousness. So Narottama dasa Thakura says,
gauranga bolite habe pulaka sarire. He's expecting. Although he was a great
acarya, still, he was expecting, "When that stage will come?'' The wording
of the song is as follows. G-a-u-r-a-n-g-a, gauranga. Bolite, b-a-l-i-t-e.
Habe, h-a-b-e. Gauranga bolite habe pulaka, p-u-l-a-k-a. Pulaka sarira,
s-a-r-i-r. (SP Purport to Gauranga Bolite Habe, Los Angeles, January 9,
1969.)

"My Guru Maharaja always see if Krishna's name or Lord Chaitanya's name
appeared in someone's writing and would appreciate the writing for this
alone." (SP Letter to: Dina Dayala, Nellore, 6 January, 1976)

"The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the
nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service
is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to
inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such
transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can
bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men."
(SB 1.5.16 purport)

The acharyas have already given the detailed instructions in their books.
Sometimes they practically implement only some of their instructions given
in their books and the leave others to be implemented to their followers due
to their causeless mercy. But all the guidelines are there in their books
and instructions. An acharya who is eternal associate of Lord Gauranga may
give even the most fallen people the qualification to chant the Hare Krishna
maha-mantra directly by his causeless mercy. But for his followers, his
instructions are more important than what he has done because we cannot
imitate his activities. And Shrila Prabhupada has categorically stated in Cc
Adi 8.31 purp posted above that a neophyte student should not directly
indulge in chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra but should first take shelter
of very regularly chanting the names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga.

And Panca-tattva is not recommended to be chanted by Shrila Prabhupada
regularly on beads:

"Who is that rascal sannyasi who has recommended to chant Pancha Tattva
mantra on the japa beads? First, send me his name." (Letter to: Govardhan
4, Juhu, Bombay-54, 18 November, 1973)

Then what will the neophytes do as per the above quotes? According to
Prabhupada they should not indulge in the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra
instead they should very regularly chant the names of Nitai-Gaura but they
cannot chant the Panca-tattva mantra on beads. How will they be ever raised
from the neophyte stage if they don't begin chanting in the first place.
That is why the chanting of the authorized 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga'
Mantras on the beads (which is not prohibited by Shrila Prabhupada anywhere
like he did for the Panca-tattva mantra) will give them qualification or
raise them to the platform of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. This
regular chanting of the two mantras is the direct practical implementation
of Shrila Prabhupada's purport in Cc Adi 8.31 considering the fact the
Prabhupada did not recommend the regular chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra
on the beads. Chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra once before each round or
three times before beginning the kirtana cannot be termed as "very
regularly" (as insisted by Shrila Prabhupada) and "karite karite" (as
insisted by Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada) for the chanting of Lord
Nityananda and Lord Gauranga's Names.

The order of Lord Nityananda is the life and soul of all acharyas including
Shrila Prabhupada. If someone says that Shrila Prabhupada does not want us
to chant the name of 'Gauranga', they are commiting the biggest offense
against Prabhupada by saying that Prabhupada is desiring something against
the desires of Lord Nityananda.

I would say that it is the most dearmost and pleasing thing to the heart of
Shrila Prabhupada and the greatest service to him, all acharyas (like
Narottama das Thakura who said that he will become a slave of someone who
chants 'Gauranga') and Lord Nityananda to make others chant Gauranga's name
regularly. This is proved by Shrila Prabhupada's song on the Jaladuta and
his direct statements in the Chaitanya-charitamrita.

The spiritual opulences present in the 'Gauranga' and 'Nityananda' Mantras
cannot even be compared to the combined opulences present in the millions of
universes in this material world multiplied millions of times. So who are
we, tiny insignificant souls to minimize or belittle or obstruct the
chanting of the 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga' Mantras which all the acharyas
have personally advocated (as given below) following in the footsteps of
Lord Nityananda Balarama Himself.

> Did any acharya in our line chant rounds of Gauranga and or
> Nityananda Mantra?

Yes, Lord Nityananda did, Shivananda Sena did (in Cc), Parvati,
Sapta-rishis, Markandeya. Suvarna Sena etc etc etc etc etc....... did in the
Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Narada in Chaitanya-mangala, associates of the
Lord in Cc etc. Lord Nityananda explicitly instructed all the living
entities to chant the Gauranga Mantra. Where did He instruct anyone to chant
Gauranga only without beads but not on beads? It is absurd and ludricous to
say that Gauranga's name can be chanted in any form but not on beads. I
challenge, "Why not?" Please show me any statement in the scripture which
says that it is prohibited to chant Gauranga or Nityananda Mantra on the
beads or to chant Gauranga on beads in apasiddhantic or apasampradayic.
Please support your statements with scriptural quotes before saying that
chanting of the Gauranga Mantra on beads in not recommended by the acharyas
or that chanting of the Gauranga Mantra on beads falls in a category of an
apasampradaya or that chanting the Gauranga Mantra is a manufactured
bhajana. It is like saying that Shrila Shivananda Sena engaged himself in a
manufactured or invented process of bhajana. Don't you think this is an
extremely offensive statement to the authorized 'Gauranga' Mantra which is
known as the Gaura Gopala Mantra in the Cc and also to Lord Nityananda and
the acharyas themselves who have chanted japa and preached the chanting of
the Gauranga Mantra?

An acharya may give many instructions in his books and writings but
practically implement only some of them himself. Imho this does not mean
that if some sincere followers of the acharya are inspired by some of those
instructions which he may not have practically implemented, they cannot
implement those instructions in their personal sadhana and for the supreme
benefit of the people. Shrila Prabhupada said everything is in my books and
all his words are equally transcendental including the following statement:

"A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should
not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the
Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One
should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without
false prestige. In the beginning one should *** very regularly *** chant Shri
Gaurasundara's holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda.
Thus one's heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment.
Then one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna."(Cc Adi 8.31
purp)

Please note he is talking about a student who is already interested and
wants to take up spiritual life not simply some karmi on the street.

It is also in the Bhagavatam that an acharya's instructions are the most
important even more than his actions (which cannot be imitated or understood
by most people) and anyone who tries to follow or try to implement his
instructions are actually following him.

krishna nama and gaura nama is same but there are some
differences also. The following are some diffrences---

1. there are 10 offences to be avoided in krishna
nama..whereas there are no offenses considered in
gaura nama.

2. although krishna is gaura , but gaura is audarya
vigraha...so it is said in navadwipa mahatmya that if
one worships krishna without gaura ,then krishna prema
will come after a very prolonged period of time , but
if gaura is worshipped along with krishna , then
krishna prema will come in a short time.

those who say that krishna mantra includes
everything - so there is no need of chanting gaura's
name, should think why scriptures say in the above
way. The actual understanding is that krishna prema
can be obtained very quickly by chanting gaura's
name..if krishna's name alone, (without gaura'a
name) is chanted then sage narada, and pushkara tirtha
say in navadwipa mahatmya that it will take millions
and millions of years to awaken krishna prema.

why it is said that by chanting gaura's name along
with krishna's name , very quickly krishna prema will
come? this is because gaura's name eradicates all
types of namaaparadha in krishna's name's chanting.

"namaaparaadham sakalam vinasya chaitanya naamashrita
maanavaanaam"

3. Lord nityananda prabhu says that offenders are
punished in vrindavana but they are given krishna
prema in navadwipa.

4.In anubhasya commentary to Chaitanya charitaamritam,
shrila bhakti siddhanta saraswati thakur says that
although krishna nama and gaura nama are non-different
from each other, still krishna nama shows mercy on
liberated souls and gaura nama shows mercy on fallen
and offensive jivas. Hence he recommends to chant
"gauranga" .

we have to consider whether chanting pancha tattva
mantra three times before kirtana and one time before
hare krishna mantra is sufficient for the most fallen
souls of kali yuga?

some one may say that prabhupada meant pancha tattva
mantra whenever he says about gauranga in his lectures
or books. We should carefully understand this point.
Prabhupada said to chant nitai-gaura always but he
said that pancha tattava mantra should not be chanted
on beads and pancha mantra should be chanted only
three times before each kirtan and one time before
each round of hare krishna. So prabhupada is pointing
that gauranga should be chanted always but not in
form of pancha tattva mantra which is only once
before each round of hare krishna)

When prabhupada said chant krishna's name always ..he
meant hare krishna mantra , but when he says chant
gauranga always did he mean pancha tattva mantra? no
..otherwise why he would he say only three times
before hare krishna kirtana and one time before one
round of hare krishna? so prabhupada meant some other
mantra when he says chant gauranga always. So herein
exists the very important thing. vedas say that
"gauranga' is a 4 syllable vaishnava mantra. So when
prabhupada and all previous acharyas say that "chant
gauranga's name always, it means chant "gauranga"
which itself is a vaishnava mantra.

there is no problem of initiation for this mantra
because krishna mantra or gaura mantra does not depend
on initiation. Ofcourse initiation is always good,
but no one can say that krishna mantra or gaura
mantra cannot be chanted without initiation.

Vaishanva mantras can be chanted on tulasi beads.IF
devotees of narasimha can chant narasimha mantra on
beads ..if devotees of rama can chant rama mantra on
beads , if devotees of narayana can chant narayana
mantra on beads , why a gaura devotee exclusively
attached to gauranga cannot chant the bonafide
gauranga mantra on beads?

prabhupada said christians and others can chant names
of god known in their religions(christ, allah etc) on
beads. Refer science of self realisation book.So why
would prabhupad will object chanting of gauranga's
name on beads especially when he came specially to
preach the name of gauranga?

ONE CAN SIMULTANEOUSLY WORSHIP GAURANGA BY CHANTING THE GAURA-GOPALA MANTRA
AND RADHA-KRISHNA BY CHANTING THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA-MANTRA

Vrajanatha: What is the final destination of the soul who is a devotee of
Lord Gauranga)?

Babaji: Krishna and Gaura-kisora are not different. They are both shelters of
the feature of sweetness (madhurya-rasa). They do have one difference.
Madhurya-rasa (the Lord's sweetness) has two features: 1. madhurya
(sweetness), and 2. audarya (mercy). When sweetness is prominent, Lord Krishna
is manifested. When mercy is prominent, Lord Gauranga is manifested. The
spiritual world of Vrndavana is divided into two abodes: 1. the abode of
Lord Krishna, and 2. the abode of Lord Gaura. The eternally perfect and
eternally liberated souls who have sweetness first and mercy second reside
in Lord Krishna's abode. They are Lord Krishna's associates. The eternally
perfect and eternally liberated souls who have mercy first and sweetness
second reside in Lord Gaura's abode. They are Lord Gaura's associates. Some
souls manifest two forms and reside in both abodes simultaneously. Other
souls manifest only one form and are present in one of the abodes and not in
the other. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Gaura,t
the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Gaura's abode and serve Him
there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Krishna, at the
time of attaining perfection go to Lord Krishna's abode and serve Him there.
Souls who during the time of sadhana worship both Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura,
at the time of attaining perfection manifest two forms, go to both Lord
Krishna's abode and Lord Gaura's abode, and in their two forms serve the two
Lord's simultaneously in both places. This truth: that Lord Gaura and Lord
Krishna are simultaneously one and different from each other, is a very
confidential secret. (Chp 17, Jaiva Dharma)

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I humbly beg with a straw in my mouth falling at the feet of all the
Vaishnavas to kindly read this full message and think and mediate deeply
before coming to a hasty conclusion of minimizing or discouraging or
downgrading or writing off the importance of the regular chanting of atleast
10 rounds each of the 'Gauranga' and 'Nityananda' Mantras alongwith atleast
16 rounds of the Maha-mantra. Believe it or not, if we take part in the
minimization of the process of regular chanting of these two most merciful
names of the Lord, it will be most displeasing thing to Lord Nityananda
Prabhu and will invoke His direct anger on whoever minimizes the chanting of
these two mantras in any subtle as well as gross way because it is His
dearmost mission to propogate the chanting of the name of 'Gauranga' all
over the creation as stated by Prabhupada himself on the Jaladuta. And one
who even indirectly dares to challenge or obstruct or belittle this mission
of the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu is doomed to fall down from any kind
of spiritual standing. If Gauranga is displeased w